AIM and TSX: DHX
HALIFAX, June 25 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. (AIM & TSX ticker: "DHX"), a
leading independent international producer and distributor of television
programming and interactive content has completed its first broadcast deal in
Germany with the Disney Channel, securing pay TV rights for the hit preschool
series, Franny's Feet, now in its second season. In Asia Pacific, Cartoon
Network Korea has picked up all 78X11' episodes, while Cartoon Network Taiwan
is renewing all episodes.
In addition, DHX Media has signed a number of new deals with
international broadcasters for the show including, TVP1 in Poland who has
purchased season two alongside season one interstitial programs, MBC3 in the
Middle East who has renewed all episodes and interstitial programs and
MediaWay in Poland who has finalized a deal for home video rights for both
DHX Media has recently signed a major licensing deal with PLAYSKOOL, a
division of Hasbro Inc., for the worldwide master toy and game license for
Franny's Feet. A series of toys and games incorporating dolls, accessories,
role play, games and puzzles are set to launch in 2008.
Additionally, Penguin Group (USA) and Simon & Shuster are publishing
partners for the US and for North America. Grosset and Dunlap, an imprint of
Penguin Young Readers Group is set to launch storybooks, readers,
stickerbooks, a series of novelty books such as board, lift-the-flap and word
game activity books in 2008. Simon & Schuster will additionally launch colour
& activity books and kits, which will also roll out in stores in 2008.
To date, DHX Media has completed more than 80 television broadcast and
video agreements for Franny's Feet, covering more than 160 countries.
Neil Court, President of DHX Media's distribution subsidiary, Decode
Enterprises Ltd. said: "We're looking forward to Franny's Feet's debut on The
Disney Channel in Germany, which is a key market for us. With new television
sales alongside recent licensing deals for toys and books, the series has
great potential for further merchandising and licensing deals."
About Franny's Feet
Franny's Feet, a commission by Five in the UK and Canada's Family
Channel, is currently airing with excellent ratings on PBS in the US and on
major international channels including ABC Australia, France 5, Cartoon
Network in Japan and Taiwan, Italy's Rai, TV2 Denmark and TV12 Singapore.
The series follows the adventures of a little girl with magical shoes.
Franny explores new places, meets new people and encounters new situations
broadening her understanding of the world. Each episode follows Franny off on
a different adventure.
About DHX Media Ltd.
DHX Media Ltd. is a leading international producer and distributor of
television programming and interactive content with an emphasis on children,
family and youth markets. DHX Media Ltd. shares trade on AIM and are listed on
the TSX, the Toronto Stock Exchange. DHX Media's production companies, Decode
Entertainment and Halifax Film, are the producers or co-producers of 14
original television series and theatrical releases currently commissioned for
production and maintain a growing library of over 1,800 half-hours of mostly
children and youth-oriented television productions. www.dhxmedia.com
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For further information:
For further information: DHX Media Ltd.: Dana Landry, Chief Financial
Officer; David A. Regan, EVP, Corporate Development & IR; (902) 423-0260; AIM
Nominated Advisors: Canaccord Adams Limited: Neil Johnson; Erin Needra; +44
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